Black History Month 2013
Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., is the first African American to permanently lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Before coming to NASA, he logged over 6,000 hours in flying time serving as a United States Marine Aviator and test pilot.
Charles Bolden was chosen as an astronaut candidate in May of 1980. In 1981, he joined NASA as a proud African American astronaut who flew four missions logging 600 space hours before retiring. While at NASA, Mr. Bolden piloted the Space Shuttle Columbia to deploy the SATCOM KU Satellite used by us to downlink and to receive satellite TV. While piloting the Space Shuttle Discovery, he deployed the Hubble Space Telescope whose transmissions have inspired awe as they reveal the magnificent beauty of our universe.
After retirement, Charles Bolden was hired as Administrator in charge of NASA.
Check out: www.nasa.gov to find out more about the leadership qualities demonstrated by Charles Bolden and to view breath taking images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.